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Catherine Fulvio and Sian Breslin
The Master's Apprentice RTÉ One, Tuesday, 7.00pm

Episode 6 (Last In Series)

Tuesday 28th April, 7.00pm

This week on The Master’s Apprentice Catherine Fulvio of Ballyknocken Cookery School is taking on an apprentice.

Catherine runs her purpose built cookery school alongside her Victorian guesthouse in Ashford, Co. Wicklow. Having trained at Ballymaloe and the Alix Gardiner Schools of Cookery she established the school in 2004. Classes are offered in everything from baking to entertaining, from Mexican to Asian and from fish to modern Irish Cuisine. Catherine is extremely driven and passionate about her business and her drive to open the cookery school has also benefited her guesthouse greatly as many of her students also stay as guests in Ballyknocken House.

Catherine has agreed to take on an apprentice to work alongside her. Catherine will be passing to her apprentice the secrets of her success.

This opportunity has been given to Sian Breslin who currently runs Donegal Manor Guesthouse just outside Donegal town. Originally from Wales, Sian has been living and working in Donegal for 30 years. Having worked as a home economics teacher in the local school, Sian and her husband realised a dream when they built and opened their guesthouse in 2004. In a relatively short time their business has established itself and done very well winning them many awards.

Sian has received planning permission to build a cookery school alongside her guesthouse and she is anxious to continue to grow her business in this direction. Despite her skill and experience as a home economics teacher Sian feels she lacks the skills, experience and confidence to prepare courses and cook food to the high standard that cookery school clients would demand. Spending time with someone as successful as Catherine Fluvio is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Sian.

Over the course of her time at Ballyknocken House and Cookery School, Catherine will constantly present Sian with challenges to see if she has what it takes to make it. Can Sian devise her own menus and class plans, incorporate local and seasonal produce into her plans, learn how to package and market her business and successfully teach her very first cookery class to a group of customers?

Sian Breslin
Sian Breslin